This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week’s Long Reads Sunday is a reading of Dan Jeffries’ “The Future of Money: A History.”

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Dark Crazed Cap” by Isaac Joel. Image credit: KTSDESIGN/Science Photo Library/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk.